Hi, I'm Ray!
I live in Philadelphia with my husband and two cats. I love soup, sustainability, and supporting local businesses and artists.
Ray's Reusables started as a way for me to explore low waste living while feeding my creative side. I had tons of ripped jeans and cotton just begging to be made into something, but for a long time I didn't know what, so I waited.
I'd been experimenting with different ways to decrease the amount of waste that I made, and one of my early switches had been carrying my own cutlery with me. So when I had the idea for a cutlery roll with a teeny tiny napkin in the back pocket of some jeans I knew what I had to do. I dusted off my grandmother's sewing machine and started experimenting. Before I knew it I was talking with everyone that would listen about my idea, thinking through the details, and giving some to friends to ask how they liked it. Seeing how much people enjoyed these rolls (and how much they understood the plight of my jeans!) inspired me to keep exploring ways to create one-of-a-kind everyday reusables.
Since that first design I've continued to innovate and expand, and I now make a variety of items, all of which are aimed at helping people reduce single use waste in their lives. I hope you enjoy them as much as I've enjoyed creating them.